Better than Coffee and a Cigarette

Moksha skyIt was Sunday morning at the Moksha Festival in Topanga Canyon. A pilgrimage to your soul; It was a festival of yoga, health and sacred music. I arrived at 9 in the morning and wandered on to a baseball field of tents, with vendors who were all asleep under their closed tarps.

I am a coffee person, so the first thing I said was, “Ok, I am here! Where is the coffee?”

I climbed up the hill and around. Nothing.

There was a sign that said “Food Court” which pointed to a handful of tents at the very top of the hill. The first one with a living human being moving around in it was for “Anandamide.” The young man unloading product off of the truck sported a blonde beard under a friendly smile.

“Excuse me,” I said, “Do you have coffee? I have a little bit of an addiction and um … I really need a cup.”

“Just a second,” he said hopping off the truck.

“I already had one cup but if I don’t get two or three, I get the headaches.”

chocolate“Oh, what you need is this,” he said, producing a glass bottle of a chocolate, frozen drink. “Magic Chocolate Mucuna. It’s vegan.”

It was $10, and I would have thought twice about buying it but I knew that my addiction needed tending to before more people arrived,God help them.  “This is still frozen,” I said, tapping the glass and unscrewing the top. I put my mouth on the nozzle but nothing moved. I really needed something to move.

“Oh don’t worry about that,” he said. “It will melt fast.”

I found out the young man’s name was Warren. He chatted with me while organizing his vendor tent. “It actually has DMT in it.”

“DMT!?” I said, surprised. DMT is known to transport people into a deep hallucinogenic trip when smoked. “Really?”

“Yeah,” he said, while unpacking. “It isn’t like smoking it.”

DMT is short for Dimethyltryptamine. It is a South American plant-based psychedelic. A drug dealer once told me it isn’t for first time trippers. “This is for professionals only,” he said, in a thick German accent.

“Have you smoked it?” I asked.

He shifted his weight. “… Yeah.”

I have heard many things about smoking DMT. One is that you time travel. Another is conversation with divine entities.  “And did you see angels and aliens?”

“… Yeah,” he said again. “But this isn’t like that,” he said motioning to the bottle.

I took the glass bottle down the hill with me and spread out in the grass. The main stage was doing a sound check and very few vendors were opening. I wrapped my lips around the nozzle again and tipped it upward so the chocolate would ooze into my mouth.  It was thick, and not traditionally sweet, but it tasted good, like frozen dark chocolate or a blended mocha latte with a kick. I was about two-thirds of the way in when I felt “really good”. It was as if my soul was beating against the side of body trying to find a way out, like a trapped balloon. The sunshine was getting intense, and the grass itched but the sky was so blue I felt like laying there and daydreaming for a while. There was no caffeinated jolt or subdued headache, there was just me, the Earth and my Magic Chocolate Mucuna.

Vita's magic chocolate mustache

I followed up with Warren after the festival to find out more about Anandamide and the frozen drink that put me in touch with God. I didn’t talk to her (riiiight), but I certainly felt her brushing the hair out of my eyes.

A year and a half ago, Warren was in the midst of one of those transitional shifts; In between jobs and unsure of which creative avenue to venture down. There are so many in Los Angeles! Just as opportunities and friendships somehow present themselves to us at the right time, Warren met Justin Hansohn, the “driving force” behind Anandamide: Psychedelicatessen. They moved in and brought this little business to term. They have only been open for 7 months, though as a business “… it’s been a 4 year evolution through time and space.”

“Our chocolate creations are different because they are 100% handmade, and made with 100% wild harvested cacao (Arriba Nacional) from springwater fed forests in Ecuador,” he said. Their caramel is also vegan. “It truly is a flavor and texture in its own realm… almost incomparable,” he claims.

They serve a variety of products at the Psychedelicatessen : raw chocolate, desserts, chai and chocolate drinks, energy cake, cookies, and even s’mores. Common ingredients used at the “psychdelicatessan” are Himalayan Pink Salt, Ojai spring water and coconut, because they are always in season and extremely healthy.

“Raw” means that foods are not exposed to heat greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. “When foods are exposed to high heats they lose enzymes, which allow our bodies to easily digest and assimilate the nutrients and life force of the foods. Living foods are filled with tons of energy that our bodies are just ready to commune with!” Warren said.

I know that you are all waiting to learn about the psychedelic nature of these magic treats.  Is it legal to produce and sell products with DMT in them?  “DMT is a Chemical that is naturally occurring in Mucuna Pruriens; a food from Asia and from South America. Eating this food is completely legal. Smoking DMT is entirely different from eating Mucuna and Cacao… I’m not sure I know how to talk about this topic… other than whoever is interested should eat Mucuna and Cacao, specifically our Magical Mucuna raw chocolate bar. And whoever is interested in smoking DMT should maybe try that out as well,” he said.

Sign me up!

Before ducking out of Moksha, I picked up three more of those delicious chocolate babies and handed them my empty, glass bottle to recycle. A man standing next to me in line asked, “Did you drink all that yourself?”

“Oh yeah,” I said.

“I couldn’t make it through mine yesterday. I had to share it with three other people.”

I smiled. Me and magic are familiar with each other.

“I take close-up pictures of dolphins … do you want to look at some?” he asked.

I shrugged my shoulder and checked the time. I was running a little late but what is better than enjoying a Magic Chocolate Mucuna and then looking at dolphin pictures? I really can’t think of anything.

If you are interested in fingering some magic deliciousness, you have to drive down to Long Beach. “At the moment, our location is a stop-in-and-go vibe. We do not have a huge cafe, or space for people to sit and relax. In the future we hope to open a cafe and serve ferments of sorts: tonic herbs, coffees, raw tapas… I won’t say too much more, it’s all still in the works, and will be a gift and a surprise to Earths denizens, and brothers and sisters.”  Oh Warren … you rock!

Baking

Anandamide: Psychedelicatessen

2040 E. 4th St.

Long Beach, CA 90814

Phone: 562-991-8019

We sell 100% Organic & Raw Superfood infused Cacao Creations. Truffles, Bars, Confections, Drinks. We do not add any illegal substances or ingredients to our foods. We want our foods to be in alignment with the health codes and laws and our kitchen to be in alignment as well so that we are able to feed as many people as possible! 

“We are here for the audience who is ready for this vibration as much as we are for ourselves,” Warren said. “I mean, honestly, we would be consuming the best wild harvested cacao on the earth either way, hands down. But we all know that’s not as much fun as sharing the vibes with friends and family!”

Go on down and visit him someday. I promise you will never forget it!

 

 

Vita Lusty

Vita Lusty

Vita Lusty studied at Evergreen State College and later received her Master’s in Film Production at Chapman University. Currently, she is working on her second Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is an actress, a dog-walker and rescues pit bulls. She loves classic rock, France, Hunter S. Thompson, and vegan food that looks and tastes like junk food. She lives in Los Angeles with her three dogs and very patient boyfriend.

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Vita Lusty studied at Evergreen State College and later received her Master's in Film Production at Chapman University. Currently, she is working on her second Master's degree in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is an actress, a dog-walker and rescues pit bulls. She loves classic rock, France, Hunter S. Thompson, and vegan food that looks and tastes like junk food. She lives in Los Angeles with her three dogs and very patient boyfriend.

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